Then and Now

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Can I just say how weird it feels  to blog? I miss it. Almost as much as I miss my cat. I've come to realize that in a sea of domestic duties, checkbook balancing and other parental responsibility that this little corner of the interwebz was more than a little side gig, it was my creative reprieve. When I don't blog or journal my feelings begin to ball up and there's blockage. Kinda like my intestines feel after I eat my weight in Cheez its, I'm bound, bloated and just miserable. I've come to accept that my life has changed and with that change comes the need to flex and adapt to said changes. The one this that I absolutely LOVE about blogging is the documentation aspect. I have over 5 years now (granted there are some big gaps) but I have those years, mainly photos that show me what it was like to be a mom, to be the new kid on the block of blogs, to go through tremendous heartache, to return to the workforce, all of it.  Even when I don't blog I am here, tweaking and fixing and ...

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First time in New York City

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Doing a little housekeeping on the blog I came across the recap of my first trip to New York City just sitting there in draft mode. I wrote this exactly one year ago.  Although I'm not exactly sure why I never published the post I do remember falling deeply in love with the city, its energy, the boroughs, the sights and of course style. I had read so many things about New York City, seen the photos, heard the stories yet never got myself there until just a few weeks ago! last year. A couple months after Tofino, the group decided waiting another year before getting together would be far too long, some of us needing the trip more than others myself included. New York was at the top of the list and when I admitted I had never actually been to NYC, it became quite clear it was time to go to NYC.  I agreed to go but as we got closer and people started dropping out I held back on buying a ticket. I talked about my anxiety leading up to the trip in week 17. I didn't know what to expect. ...

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Mini Chicken Pot Pies

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Everytime I want something warm, something creamy, something wrapped in flaky crispy crust I go to my Chicken Pot Pie recipe. Its based off an old Epicurious recipe that included funs tuff like bacon and frenched green beans. All I really need to do on this one is make sure I can find a rotisserie chicken, everything else I usually always have on hand. ...

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Survival Mode

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I survived. That's what I want my t-shirt to say. The one I would wear so that when people I haven't seen or talked to in a while ask "What happened?"  I can just point to my chest. I had every intention of starting off the year with a renewed sense of purpose and felt pretty good about dipping my toe in the waters of blogging but then the Universe or was it The Adjustment Bureau? had other plans. In February unbeknownst to me, our cat Weebee began to show symptoms of Chronic Kidney Disease. I applied my usual band-aid treatments unaware of what was really happening, she was entering end stage renal failure. I made a mental note to schedule her annual exam and carried on but something felt off, I won't say wrong but there was something going on, I felt like I had been plopped down in the middle of the ocean and I could sense a big set was building I just didn't know from where or how big. Soon after I posted about feeling the transitions we made a big decision, rather my ...

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Transitions

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I have been wanting to sit down and just write for the last few weeks but have never given myself permission to just blog for the sake of blogging. I didn't know if I wanted to keep doing the same thing day in and day out anymore and a part of that is the sitting here, writing and rewriting in my attempt to gather a bunch of words into some semblance that best describes my life in a post. There have been ups and downs and certainly new challenges as I began this new year, some of them I could have predicted others seems to come out of left field. As my yoga instructor said the other day, don't worry so much on hitting the pose, rather focus the transition, what is happening in that space as you move out of one pose and into another. That's where you will find life.   So instead of beating myself up about stuff like my clutter, my debt, my unfinished everything. I'm trying to embrace my place in the aether, somewhere between the BEFORE and AFTER photos. I can learn ...

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Looking Back To Move Forward

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Instead of jumping in and trying to catch up a couple *cough* weeks, I thought I'd recap what happened on the blog in 2014 and share what I gleaned from doing a 52 Week Project. I'll admit there were weeks where I struggled to get anything up but for the most part the highlight of my week was carving out that time, time spent just doing something solely because I enjoy it. That's a big deal, giving yourself permission to step over the laundry basket, push aside the stack of unpaid bills and just create. That's really why I started doing the recaps every week, I was hoping that the habit of shooting and writing would help jump start that mojo again. But when I do start to spend more and more time here, the justification argument begins to creep in and I find it hard to come up with more than a couple reasons with the why. Do I make money doing this? Heck no. Has it lead to other work? Yes. I try to remind myself of the latter. Perhaps a little bit of wishful thinking on my part but ...

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